Resources

Time. Energy. Attention.

These are our fuel for our work. Sadly, they come in limited, very finite supply. It’s hard to curb one of these limitations without taking a toll on another.

As creative professionals and entrepreneurs, these—time, energy, and attention—are crucial. We all have deadlines to chase. And on top of that, we have side projects to help us quench our creative thirst.

Though it’s hard to defy these constraints, technology offers us some workaround to at least save time, conserve energy, and focus attention.

I have in this list compiled a number of tools that I use every day in my work. These tools are absolutely crucial to what I do, and I love them so much that I’d gladly vouch for each and one of them. Many of these tools are designed to save you hours of work every week, automate tedious processes, and better optimize your workflow.

Some of these tools have affiliate links. Meaning, I get a small kickback whenever you decide to buy a product or service I have listed here.

Building your creative business online

DREAMHOST

Whether you’re looking to build a business or just starting a side hustle, building a website is an absolute essential. The easiest way around it is by using Dreamhost.

With incredible customer support and a crazy-easy setup process, I can’t recommend this web host enough. In fact, a lot of my niche sites are hosted through Dreamhost.

Oh, I’d be remiss if I forgot to mention: you get free domain name registration!

GODADDY

GoDaddy takes the tedious process of domain registration and makes it easy. I have bought a lot of domains from GoDaddy for different reasons, be it securing a domain for a side project I want to start or a gift for a colleague.

What’s more, GoDaddy’s rates are consistently affordable. I’ve been an avid GoDaddy customer for years, and it looks like it isn’t going to change anytime soon.

MAILCHIMP

Mailchimp has been my go-to email marketing software since the beginning. If you don’t have an email marketing software yet, it’s high time you get one, and I recommend Mailchimp.

The interface is as clean and intuitive as it’s ever been. For many, email marketing can feel like a chore. Mailchimp makes it somewhat easy to go through.

WAVE

Wave is an accounting software that anyone—from creatives to small teams—can use completely for free. I have used this tool to manage my finances as well as issue invoices to clients.

For startups, Wave offers an affordable payroll solution as well.

G SUITE

If you run your business on Google tools, you’ll want to check out G Suite. It gives you access to Google’s best business tools—Docs, Sheets, Forms, Gmail, etc.—which it packages in one unified experience.

Want a Gmail account with your domain name? Getting a G Suite subscription is the easiest and best way to do it, whether you’re an individual or working with a team.

Honing your craft as creative

UDEMY

Udemy is the go-to course marketplace for just about anything, including creative subjects. Learn filmmaking, audio production, web development, starting a business online, and more for as low as $12.99 per course.

I’ve taken a few copywriting and content marketing courses on Udemy, and I can confidently say they’re all very well worth it.

Starting a podcast

AUDIOBOOM

Audioboom is my podcast hosting provider of choice. The reason is simple. They are the most intuitive platform I’ve found (oh, and also it’s also what Dan Harmon uses for Harmontown).

Setting up “Pervision”—my movie podcast with Geoff—took about five minutes, and now we’re all set up. Audioboom also helps you distribute your podcast to directories like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, and more.

MY PODCATING STARTER KIT

My podcasting starter kit is comprised of podcasting mics in three different price points. My goal with this kit is to encourage you to start podcasting, regardless if you have a budget for gear of $40 or $400.

Mastering productivity

MICROSOFT ONENOTE

My approach to productivity is twofold: 1.) capture and 2.) organize. For the “capture” part, I haven’t found anything better than OneNote so far.

It does everything that an advanced note-taking software like Evernote does, but with a cleaner UI and a deeper hierarchy. Oh, and it’s free.

CLICKUP

ClickUp is my favorite project management software. I use it to organize my ideas, tasks, and projects all in one tool.

I’ve used a lot of project management tools in the past—Trello, Asana, Notion, you name it!—but no tool comes close to ClickUp’s powerful features. Best of all, you can start using it for free!

GRAMMARLY

Perhaps my most used tool on this list. And it’s not like I consciously use it all the time, either.

Grammarly is on by default when you have it installed in your browser, and it pops up on editors, your email, and wherever you might find yourself writing. This is perfect for writers and non-writers, because it gives immediate insight into what you’re writing.

Let’s just put it this way: I’m a more comfortable writer partly because of Grammarly.

Reading books

MY BOOKS PAGE

My Books page is a wellspring of literature worth checking out. Inspired heavily by James Clear, there I have compiled lists of books that you might want to read.

There’s also the #50booksthisyear challenge, which encourages my readers to read at least 50 books in a year. It’s a fun thing to take on, so check it!